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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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UFC Taking ‘Groundbreaking' Alliance With BodyArmor To The Octagon And Beyond

By Barry Janoff

Ocotber 5, 2017: In what was described as a "ground-breaking collaboration" between the "fastest-growing sports drink and the fastest-growing sports organization," UFC has signed a multi-year partnership naming BodyArmor its first "official sports drink."

The alliance will encompass multiple areas of the UFC, including athletes, the UFC Performance Institute, weigh-ins, fights in the Octagon and via multi-media marketing.

Financial terms of the alliance, which officially begins in 2018 and covers the U.S., were not disclosed. It was called the largest marketing deal in UFC history by industry analysts.

BodyArmor has had previous dealings with UFC, imost recently as the official hydration beverage for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout in Las Vegas this past August.

"BodyArmor is an industry leader in sports hydration and they are a perfect fit to partner with UFC,”  Dana White, president for Las Vegas-based UFC, said in a statement “Providing UFC athletes with safe, nutritional products while training at the UFC Performance Institute is an important part of helping them maximize their overall performance and BodyArmor will help us do that.”

BodyArmor said its roster of pro athletes, “who are also investors in the company,” includes James Harden, Mike Trout, Andrew Luck, Klay Thompson, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Anthony Rizzo, Kristaps Porzingas, Richard Sherman and Dustin Johnson.

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant is the third-largest investor in the brand, according to BodyArmor.

"UFC athletes demand the best in hydration and nutrition, and we’re excited to be partnering with the UFC on such a large scale,” Bryant said in a statement.

A key element to the new alliance will see BodyArmor supply its line of high-end sports hydration products: — BodyArmor sports drink and BodyArmor LYTE — to the UFC Performance Institute’s two “BodyArmor Hydration Stations.”

UFC said that BodyArmor would also serve as the presenting sponsor of select UFC weigh-in events and provide corner branding of stools, towels and buckets inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon during all U.S.-based events.

Marketing was launched via a two-minute spot with UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin and  Dr. Duncan French, vp-performance for the UFC Performance Institute, sharing the importance of “superior hydration and the unique benefits of BodyArmor” as Griffin goes through an extensive workout.

In addition, BodyArmor will have a presence on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

According to Mike Repole, co-founder and chairman for BodyArmor, “With the explosive growth that BodyArmor has seen in recent years, it’s an exciting time for the brand to team up with UFC.

"A partnership between the fastest-growing sports drink and the fastest-growing sports organization creates a tremendous opportunity for BodyArmor to play an important role in the hydration needs of some of the best athletes in the world.,” said Repole.

BodyArmor said it has seen a 110% increase in sales from last year.

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